National Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2024 is a holiday that is celebrated across the country to pay tribute to the indigenous peoples of North America who have a lot of contributions to our native culture and traditions. The day is observed on the second Monday of October every year in lieu of Columbus Day as there is controversy regarding the celebration. As a result, some of the states in the United States do not recognize Columbus Day, and others celebrate it as Native American Day.
The idea of celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first proposed in 1977, in an International Conference on Discrimination against Indigenous Populations in the Americas that was held in Geneva, Switzerland and sponsored by the United Nations to get rid of Columbus Day. After that, Indigenous Peoples’ Day is becoming more popular day by day across the country.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2024 Date
Indigenous Peoples’ Day in 2024 is on Monday, October 10. Though people from all the states in the United States do not celebrate the day, it brings a great opportunity to learn and know more about the contributions of indigenous people in the American cultures and traditions. Residents of South Dakota officially celebrate Native American Day and residents from Tennessee and Nevada celebrate American Indian Day on this day as an alternative to Columbus Day. Below are some important facts about this day at a glance.
Indigenous Peoples Day Facts
|Indigenous Peoples’ Day Observance||10th October|
|Indigenous Peoples’ Day began in||1989|
|Observance States||South Dakota and some other states|
|Alternative Names||Native American Day,Columbus Day|
Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration
The celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day differs from state to state. The day is celebrated in a variety of different ways in different states. Citizens of California observe this day hosting educational resources, lectures, and exhibitions dedicated to Native Americans and their history. There are also many cultural activities happen on this day, which include things like markets and pow-wows. In South Dakota, people celebrate this day through cultural events, museum exhibits, and other activities.
National Indigenous Peoples Day Quotes
“We are lagging far behind comparable countries in overcoming the disadvantages Indigenous people face.” » Malcolm Fraser
“The role of globalization is to homogenize all cultures, and to turn them into commodified markets, and therefore, to make them easier for global corporations to control. Global corporations are even now trying to commodify all remaining aspects of national cultures, not to mention indigenous cultures.” » Jerry Mander
“Although wrongs have been done me I live in hope. I have not got two hearts… Now we are together again to make peace. My shame is as big as the earth, although I will do what my friends advise me to do. I once thought that I was the only man who persevered to be the friend of the white man, but since they have come and cleaned out our lodges, horses, and everything else, it is hard for me to believe white men anymore.” » Chief Black Kettle
“I want to be remembered as the person who helped us restore faith in ourselves.” » Wilma Mankiller
“I guess you could say that we indigenous people are on the verge of turning it all upside down.” » Pauline Tangiora
“The truth is nobody can own anything. That was an unheard-of concept among indigenous people. We invented that.” » Tom Shadyac
“We are not myths of the past, ruins in the jungle, or zoos. We are people and we want to be respected, not to be victims of intolerance and racism.” » Rigoberta Menchu
“If people lose their land, they have nothing. You lose your land — you lose your culture, you lose self.” » Richard Gere
On the Indigenous Peoples’ Day, people are encouraged to celebrate and keep in mind about the many indigenous people who have lived in the United States traditionally and currently are living in the United States and its territories. The rising recognition and celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day truly represent the fruits of a concerted and long term efforts to appreciate the role of indigenous people in the history of the United States.